Saturday, August 16, 2014

So Thankful - OWH Sketch #236

Hello Friends! As most of you are probably already aware there are some important changes happening at Operation Write Home (read about it here) and among them is that the Sketch Challenge is going to be twice a month instead of every week. While I know that might come as a bit of a disappointment to some of my fellow OWHers I think that I might just find myself participating more with the extra time. 

This card is based on the current sketch though I did take a few liberties in adjusting it. Mainly I wanted more of my background print to show so I reduced the size of the rectangle panel a bit. While having the measurements on the sketches can be really helpful, especially if you're new to making cards, I think it's important to remember that being 'exact' is not critical. Don't be afraid to make adjustments and add your own twist.

My craft supply shopping has come to an almost total halt in the past year. The reason is two-fold, I haven't been crafting as much and though I've been doing more graphic design freelance in recent months  it's not a steady income and it just wouldn't be prudent to not be extra careful about spending. That being said the papers in this card are from a 6x6 KI Memories pad that I found on my WalMart Clearance rack for $2.00. I picked up two different fall colored pads, each has 32 nice-quality sheets and they are double-sided designs too. So for any of you 'bargain hunters' out there who are short on paper (ROTFL) you may want to check your local store.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Hero Arts Happy Birthday

Hello Friends! My card share today is the last of the cards that I's made for the OWH Virtual Card Making Party. Lori's Kreations hosted a challenge to create a red, white and blue birthday card. I'm not sure that this fits the challenge totally since it includes that green grass too but I liked how it came out. This fun hot air balloon is from the Hero Arts OWH Fundraiser Stamp Sets called Happy Birthday. It's one of the first sets they did for OWH and has limited availability so if it's one you've always liked (it's one of my favorites) but haven't added to your collection yet get it while you can.

Cloud Embossing Folder by Paper Studio •  Sentiment Stamp-Unknown
I used my Martha Stewart fringe scissors to create the grass. They are one of those items that for some reason I just couldn't resist. When I finally broke down to buy them I got them cheap by using a coupon. I think that subconsciously I must have known that I wouldn't have that much use for them (and in fact I use them very rarely) so I didn't dare pay full price. But they're fun and easy to use and I'm guessing if I put my mind to it I could find more designs to use them in.

I'm hoping I can both make some time and find some motivation to make some more cards so that I'll have another to share with you next week.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Detailed Stamps & Sketches

Hello Friends! I hope this finds you enjoying a nice weekend wherever you are. Today I have a card share of yet another card from the Virtual Card Making Party. It's based on the OWH sketch for that week and though I don't always use sketches I highly recommend them and not just for newbies but anyone, especially if you  find yourself struggling to 'get started' on a card. The way I see it using a sketch makes at least a few choices for you right off the bat. 

My approach is to typically start by finding the shape in the sketch that will be the focal point (it's usually pretty obvious) and find an image or stamp or sentiment that will fit it nicely. Once an image or sentiment is chosen the process tends to guide itself to some extent. For instance on this card, once I decided to use this sailboat image a nautical color scheme seemed like a good way to go. The yellow paper has a wave like pattern and the tiny dots on the blue pattern reminded me of water bubbles.

Stamps by Stampin Up - Retired

I've had this stamp for a long time. I am always tempted to color it and even though I'd consider myself intermediately skilled where coloring is concerned it's always a struggle and I never get an acceptable result on the first try. I really liked how this turned out and  I think I've finally convinced myself that sometimes the BEST thing you can do if a stamp is detailed is to just stamp it well and let it stand on it's own.

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Embossed Masculine Design

Hello Friends! I have another quick share of a card I did VCMP d for the embossing challenge hosted by Bobbi over at Bobbi's Treasures. I have a lot of embossing folders and have always liked how easy they make it to take almost any card design and 'kick it up a notch'. There are so many patterns available and quite a few that work well for masculine designs. Though most of my folders are the basic 4.25 x 5.5 size I have a few that I collected along the way that are borders and images and the old car in this car is one of them.

The car is a small folder from Tim Holtz's line and the postal cancellation one I used for the the background is from paper Studio. The tag die cut is another of those individuals by WeR that I mentioned in my last post and as it turns out it's a perfect fit for this old Thank You sentiment stamp I have in my collection.

It's hard to believe that August is just around the corner again. I hope this find you all enjoying a great summer.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Color Blocked Simple Hello

Hello Friends! I have  another of the cards I made during the Virtual Card Making Party to share. This is one I created for the 'Colorful Background' challenge hosted by Beth at BunnyScrap. One of the options was to use scrap papers so I decided to dip into my scrap box, which is actually just a small 10" x 6" box these days. When I first starting making cards I had lot of scraps stored in large ziplock bags. They were pretty organized but no matter what I seldom seemed to make a dent in them. Somewhere along the way I started to realize that not only was I not really using them but often just the sight of those scrap bags put a damper on my mojo. I think I had the subconscious feeling that I shouldn't reach for anything new when all those scraps were just waiting to be used up. Ironically after switching to just one small box I find I use them much more readily and every now and then I'll go through it and toss everything that's smaller than 4.25 x 5.5 which leaves the box ready for some new scrap selections. Though it wasn't my main goal I am certain I throw away less now than I did before.

I think there are a few die-cuts out on the market to help you easily created a color block styled pattern but I cut these pieces by hand with the help of a ruler and a little patience to trim them down. The 'Bubble' die is a fairly new one for me that is made by WeR and is part of a line of individual dies they currently have on the marker. I'm pretty sure I found this one on an end cap displays at JoAnn's. This Hello sentiment is an old one in my collection and I not certain where it's from but I've always likes the bold, casual style it has.

I'll be back to share a couple of other cards form the VCMP in the next week or two.

Happy Crafting!
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